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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 13, 2016

$2 million available to fund Crop Research Grants

Seeking future-focused projects to improve agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) announces $2 million available to applicants for applied Crop Research Grants. Research must focus on improving agricultural product quality, quantity and value. Projects must benefit Minnesota farmers and the state’s economy in the next three to five years. Maximum grant awards are $250,000 per project, which can last up to three years.

Any Minnesota organization, research entity, individual, or business with agricultural research capability is eligible and encouraged to apply for funding. This includes: farmers/farmer networks, institutions of higher education, research institutions, nonprofit organizations, agricultural cooperatives, and agricultural businesses with research capabilities.

Applications for the Fiscal Year 2017 grants must be received by 4:00 p.m. November 22, 2016 and may be submitted to the MDA by mail, email, or in person. To view grant details and the Request for Proposals, visit the Crop Research Grant Program webpage. The online application is now available.

The Crop Research Grant Program is part of the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Program created by the Minnesota Legislature to advance Minnesota’s agricultural and renewable energy industries. The AGRI Program focuses on creating jobs and profitable businesses in the areas of livestock investment, value-added business and market development, crop production and processing research, and renewable energy.

In 2016, $1.8 million was awarded to nine research projects:

Project Title Organization Name Principle Investigator   Crop
Laying the foundation for an applied, genomics-assisted oat breeding program at the University of MN University of Minnesota Kevin Smith Oats
Optimizing soil management to enhance potato yields & soil health in fumigated soil University of Minnesota Linda Kinkel Potato Disease Control
Integrated disease management for cultivated wild rice Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice Council Beth Nelson Wild Rice, Fungal Foliar Disease
Barley breeding for the Minnesota craft brewing industry University of Minnesota Kevin Smith Barley, Rahr Malting
New winter hardy perennial ryegrass to improve the profitability of grazing and haymaking University of Minnesota Nancy Ehlke Perennial Ryegrass
Sustainable protein for aquaculture from alfalfa USDA Agricultural Research Service Deborah Samac Alfalfa Protein, Aquaculture Food
Increasing adoption of cover cropping systems through research-based education University of Minnesota Scott Wells Cover Crop
Investigating genetic resistance to foliar phylloxera in cold hardy hybrid grapes University of Minnesota Matthew Clark Grapes, Disease Resistance
Fine fescue: a new grass seed crop for Minnesota University of Minnesota Eric Watkins Fescue Turf Grass

CONTACT: Alauna Yust, MDA Communications
651-201-6629, alauna.yust@state.mn.us